Public schools; evaluation policies and grievance procedures. (SB1223)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg) with support from co-patron Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; evaluation policies and grievance procedures. Makes several changes to the processes by which teachers and certain administrators are evaluated and to the grievance procedure process. The bill requires teachers, assistant principals, and principals to be evaluated every year, either formally or informally, and such evaluations will include student academic progress as a significant component and an overall summative rating. The bill increases from three years to five years the term of probationary service required for a teacher before becoming eligible for a continuing contract. The bill requires local school boards to provide a new principal with a mentor.

The bill also changes the grievance procedure for teachers. It gives local school boards the option to assign a grievance hearing to be heard by a hearing officer designated by the local school board. The option for a grievance to be heard in front of a fact-finding panel would no longer be available.

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Bill Has Passed


01/09/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/13 13103695D
01/09/2013Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/24/2013Reported from Education and Health with substitute (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2013Committee substitute printed 13104502D-S1
01/25/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2013Motion to recommit to committee agreed to
01/28/2013Recommitted to Education and Health
01/31/2013Reported from Education and Health with substitute (12-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2013Committee substitute printed 13104851D-S2
02/01/2013Incorporates SB935
02/01/2013Read second time
02/01/2013Passed by for the day
02/04/2013Read second time
02/04/2013Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2013Committee substitute #1 rejected 13104502D-S1
02/04/2013Committee substitute #2 agreed to 13104851D-S2
02/04/2013Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1223S2
02/04/2013Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2013Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2013Placed on Calendar
02/06/2013Read first time
02/06/2013Referred to Committee on Education
02/11/2013Reported from Education (17-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2013Read second time
02/13/2013Read third time
02/13/2013Amendments by Delegate Ward rejected
02/13/2013Passed House (75-Y 25-N)
02/13/2013VOTE: PASSAGE (75-Y 25-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2013Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1223ER)
02/19/2013Signed by Speaker
02/20/2013Signed by President
02/21/2013Impact statement from DPB (SB1223ER)
03/20/2013G Approved by Governor-Chapter 650 (effective 7/1/13)
03/20/2013G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0650)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 4 clips in all, totaling 14 minutes.